Man, how much misery can Nashville pack into a single episode? Judging by tonight’s (and last week’s!) quite a bit. Seriously, this show is reveling in its characters being down in the dumps. The only things that seem to be holding up are Rayna’s and Gunnar’s hair.
While Juliette may be the worst off right now, Deacon is certainly making sure his name is part of that conversation. The episode opens on the day of Beverly’s funeral, and rather than use that as a time to come together with family, Deacon uses it to shun Scarlett and push away Rayna and the kids. Now, he deserves a bit of leeway because he just lost his sister and he’s feeling guilty about it, but refusing to talk to Scarlett is unacceptable. That girl needs you, Deacon!
Speaking of ignoring responsibilities, Juliette is still waking up way too late, ignoring her family, and missing wonderful press opportunities. As Jeff informs her, though, that’s going to have to change because a reporter is coming to follow her around for a few days to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to be Juliette Barnes. Of course, Juliette does what she always does and puts on a performance, working out in the mornings and pretending to really care about her fans while on the sidelines she’s scoring Adderall and popping sleeping pills.
Avery certainly misses having Juliette at home, but for now he’s finding comfort in Emily’s help. She’s taking care of the baby while Avery looks for work, which involves asking to meet the latest Highway 65 signing, Markus, and pitch him on being the producer on his album. He’s a big fan and knows his music so he thinks he’d be a good fit for his transition to country.
While Avery is just focused on getting a job to support his family, Juliette is continually leaving them behind and lashing out. When she’s shown a picture of Avery, Emily, and Cadence at the park by a stupid (seriously) radio DJ, she calls Emily and screams at her and calls her a cheating whore. It’s clear that Juliette is sick, and this episode really drives home how far gone she is and how badly she needs professional help.
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Meanwhile, Rayna is preparing for an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, where she’ll be performing and Layla will be debuting. Deacon decides he’s not going to go because he doesn’t want to have any more “I’m sorry for your loss” conversations, and he certainly doesn’t want any “funeral casserole.” Instead he’d rather wallow, which is fine, but stop pushing everyone away!
The night at the Grand Ole Opry is a big one with a lot of implications. There’s Layla and the pressure of her first performance, and then there’s Markus, who Rayna is bringing along to meet a few producers and just generally get a look at the world of country music. This is Markus the Rock Star though so it doesn’t take long for him to literally steal the spotlight.
He crashes the stage when Rayna and Layla are about to perform together, forcing Layla to storm off the stage after he suggests him and Rayna perform a duet. It’s a good performance, but Rayna is a little miffed. She feels he not only disrespected Layla’s opening performance but also the Opry in general. Still, she’s ready to have him on board, and he agrees to have Avery produce his record because that’s what his gut is telling him.
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